Mark Diacono

Mark Diacono

Author

Mark is one of the country’s foremost food writers, known for his original take on all things edible. His A Year at Otter Farm, published in 2014, won the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year; A Taste of the Unexpected won the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year 2011; and The New Kitchen Garden was published this spring. Mark has also written three River Cottage Handbooks, and is one of the authors of the forthcoming River Cottage Bible. He has won numerous Garden Media Guild awards for his writing and photography.

His unique smallholding, Otter Farm, is home to orchards of – among many other things – pecans, peaches, almonds, Szechuan pepper, apricots, a vineyard and the most delicious varieties of vegetables and herbs.  His idea is not only pioneering, it is also beautifully sustainable – taking advantage of climate change to grow low carbon food helps arrest its acceleration. It also means he’s lucky enough to spend most of his time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. Mark has now established his gardening and cookery school at Otter Farm, as well as running the blog relating all its daily joys.

He writes regular features for the Daily Telegraph, occasionally for the Observer, the Guardian and a host of other publications, and has a monthly column in The Simple Things. Mark’s award-winning Otter Farm blog has run for 10 years, has many thousands of followers.

Mark also led the Garden Team at River Cottage, appearing in the TV series, running courses and events at River Cottage HQ. He is one of the authors of the widely popular River Cottage series, of which the most recent is River Cottage A-Z: Our Favourite Ingredients and How to Cook Thempublished in September 2016.

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Hello October in June. A soup thats all about the layering of herbs of different character - bright and breezy, to warming and deep - at different stages.

Garlic and dried epazote* in oil, in with a couple of… https://www.instagram.com/p/CCD6Hk_AfoJ/?igshid=d4r0cwpvxtmw

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Congratulations @BumblebeeTrust !! The new 'What's that Bumblebee' app is launched today. Learn the eight species most likely to visit your garden. 3D #bees in your phone! 😍🐝 https://twitter.com/BumblebeeTrust/status/1277879560600719362

Well that feels nice #YNWA

Half pina colada, half mojito. Wow. White rum, fig leaf syrup, pineapple juice, pineapple, lime juice, soda water and Korean mint. Maybe I should call it the Rupert Holmes, after his shocking/magnificent 70s hit.… https://www.instagram.com/p/CB04H3BgdUo/?igshid=1m6t2i8juwav0

But we can all come together and appreciate the fact that Liverpool’s #sadiomane has either not been following the news too carefully or just missed playing competitive football very very much

Apparently 35 years ago today we released this @Prefabsprout beauty. A work of love and tears produced by the unsurpassable @ThomasDolby, the fifth Sprout.

Oh man. Fig leaf and lemon verbena rice pudding. A beauty. I know the weather’s warming up but it’s always rice pudding time.
If you haven’t used fig leaves before, there are always overhanging branches in towns and… https://www.instagram.com/p/CBvz9e-AslT/?igshid=nkmv97ikt6wz

Win £30 to spend at an independent nursery of your choice and a signed copy of Wild about Weeds, send in your best photo of a beautiful weed 💞🌸 https://www.jackwallington.com/wild-about-weeds-photography-competition/

Friends, very happy to share that from tomorrow, I have a column in @Telegraph. Notes from a Small Kitchen Island - tales from the front line of domestic life. Food, gardens, homes, dogs, triumphs and disasters...the whole of life, etc.

1. Hello commissioning editors: I recently won a @GuildFoodWriter award so if you're looking for deep (or shallow) dives into American food culture from the pov of a fascinated outsider, cookbook reviews and profiles or themed guides please come find me

The perfect time to be sowing and nurturing your garden. Have a look at what @MarkDiacono has been doing to keep sane in the garden during lockdown. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/how-to-grow/top-gardening-tips-vegetable-garden-isolation/

Scallops, wonderful purple and green mangetout from the excellent inmybackyardco down the road, lemon segments, radishes, spring onions, green fennel, coriander micros, chive flowers and Korean mint sort-of pisto.… https://www.instagram.com/p/CBm4slJAWFK/?igshid=1o8234lgbn1at

Scallops, wonderful purple and green mangetout from the excellent inmybackyardco down the road, lemon segments, radishes, spring onions, green fennel, coriander micros, chive flowers and Korean mint sort-of pisto.… https://www.instagram.com/p/CBm4slJAWFK/?igshid=n44bg84lbw7q

Scallops, wonderful purple and green mangetout from the excellent inmybackyardco down the road, lemon segments, radishes, spring onions, green fennel, coriander micros, chive flowers and Korean mint sort-of pisto.… https://www.instagram.com/p/CBm4slJAWFK/?igshid=10olu94oxhz38

The next episode of @PantryPodcast is about to drop but I just want to thank all our guests so far for joining us. @MitchTonks @GillMeller @MarkDiacono @HollieNuisance @marthacollison @ShiptonMill @minimissbread @Minette_Batters @pipersfarm @FenFarmDairy @RyanRileyy

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